Some documented cases
03-10-2018, Genoa (GE) – Liguria
Source: Il Mattino
In the evening, four young people robbed and beat an Ivory Coast citizen, while insulting him with racist phrases (“Go back home working in the fields!”). According the police reconstruction of facts, four young men surrounded the victim, 31, and after having taken the little money he had, they attacked him insulting him because of his skin -colour. They fled straight away. The rapid response team is in charge of the investigations.
10-10-2018, Naples (NA) – Campania
A 33-year-old Senegalese man was assaulted by a group of twenty people in the area of the so-called New Houses.The man was hospitalised in the nearby hospital of Loreto Mare since he was injured on his head, chest and arms. Luckily, he is not in critical condition. Supposedly, the assault took place after the Senegalese asked the landlord for a 2 days extension of the deadline for the payment of his rent. The landlord showed up at the man’s house escorted by twenty people driving scooters. They broke into the man’s house and destroyed everything. The man escaped the attack seeking safety in the house of a fellow countryman and called the police. However, the attackers pretended to be the police, found him there and hit him with bottles on his head, chest and arms, causing him a severe blood loss. The arrival of the police prevented the situation from further escalating.
12-10-2018, Trento (TN) – Trentino-Alto Adige
In the evening, in corso Buonarroti, a student of Indian origins was brutally attacked. The young man, around 21, was riding his bike right in front of the new university residence Mayer, when he was suddenly stopped by two guys who push him down from the bike, insulted and then hit.
14-10-2018, Venice (VE) – Veneto
In the middle of the night, an 18-year-old Italian of Chinese descent was returning home from Piazzale Roma walking over the bridge towards the Papadopoli gardens. He was attacked by three or four boys who surrounded him, shoved him, insulted him and then punch him in the face. The young man fell on ground unconscious. A passer by called for help and when the paramedics arrived on the spot, the boy was still feeling very dizzy. The young man was loaded on the hydro-ambulance and now he is hospitalized in reserved prognosis in the civil hospital. Investigations are under way.
15-10-2018, Piacenza (PC) – Emilia-Romagna
Two men, 22 and 40, were arrestedon charges of injury -aggravated by “racial reasons” for the first- attempted extortion and resistance and outrage to a public official. The rapid response team reported that the youngest attacked a Moroccan boy right in front of a public club, saying racist insults and proclaiming himself a “committed Nazi-fascist proud of his behaviour”. Later, together with the accomplice, he attempted an extortion.
18-10-2018, Morbegno (SO) – Lombardy
A young Senegalese aged 28 was going to work in a bakery around 2 am, when he was attacked by two young people who insulted him for the colour of his skin, then kicked and punched him. The baker was treated in the hospital and later discharged with a prognosis of a few days.
20-10-2018, Brindisi (BR) – Puglia
“Hey hey, stop. We have to kill you. This is what they shouted at me. They reached me. One of them held me still, the other beat me violently with a stick, I think it was a baseball bat. He aimed at my head. I managed to bow just in time and he dumped his violence on my shoulder. In the hospital they treated me. I have thirty days of prognosis. But in the hospital I found a boy from Senegal. Five men with baseball bats found him few minutes after the attack I was subject to,while he was going to the Caritas. For him it was much worse. He was bleeding, his head was bandaged and he could barely speak.” This is the story of the double racist beating experienced by a Ghanaian and a Senegalese citizen.
31-10-2018, Rome (RM) – Lazio
An amateur video posted on social media (the original post is on the Facebook page “Riprendiamoci Roma”), arose a wave of strong indignation on the web. Shot on a train on the Rome-Lido line, around 9.30pm, it shows some images of a racist attack pursued by two men (shaven heads, ed) against a Indian citizen. The dispute became increasingly violent and degenerated when the victim had a shy verbal reaction, after being silent for too long bearing all the racist insults they shouted at him. At the Casal Bernocchi station, the physical aggression sprung all of a sudden. One of the two attackers grabbed the boy’s head and hurled a violent fist at him. Some passengers intervened to defend the boy and the man directed punches and shoves to those who intervened, blindly, striking a woman in the face. As she sit on the floor, crying with blood all over her face looking for a handkerchief, the aggression continued on the platform, out of the camera sight. Suddenly, the victim’s body was thrown on the train floor violently, after being hit several times on the face. The man remained unconscious for few moments. Then he was rescued by the other passengers. Meanwhile the attackers fled away. The soldiers of Acilia station identified and blocked the two attackers. But neither the woman nor the Indian citizen wanted to file a complaint about what happened.